No 3 – 20th March 2020


Dear Parents and Caregivers 

 

The following information is provided to keep families in our school community fully informed of the latest developments and actions Dunsborough Primary School is taking in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

Note: Our school continues to take advice from the Director General of the Department of Education who is being advised by the Chief Medical Officers nationwide.

 

  1. Our School will not be proceeding with NAPLAN testing in 2020. A decision to not go ahead with NAPLAN in 2020 was made by all Education Ministers across Australia earlier today.  The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.
  1. As advised previously, our school is following the Australian Government’s direction that all non-essential events involving mass gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and more than 500 people outdoors will be cancelled until further notice.
  • This includes our Whole School Assemblies which have involved students from years 1 to 6 attending. However, because of the value our school places on students having the opportunity to practice important public speaking and performance skills, a highly modified Assembly experience will now be done in place of a whole school Assembly.
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  • This experience will involve a nominated class of students still hosting an Assembly at the normal time of 9.00am every second Thursday and performing an item in our undercover area, but with an audience that only consists of one other class (chosen by the host class) and their parents. This Assembly will be videoed and made available to all other classes to watch in their classrooms at a later time.
  • Assembly reports by Student Leaders will still be done using video streaming software at 9.45am, which all Y1 to 6 students can view in their classrooms.
  • Assembly Merit Awards will be presented to students in their classrooms by the School’s Admin Staff later in the day, with all successful students acknowledged in the School’s Fortnightly Newsletter
  1. The following question has been raised by a number of parents – “Does the school support parents who decide to keep their children home as a result of the COVID-19 Virus and will the school provide work packaged for them while they are away?”

An answer to this question has been put in the COVID -19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of our school website, however, to ensure all parents are fully aware of the school’s position on this matter, I have repeated the answer below.

 

The advice our school has received from the WA Government, who are being advised by health experts, is that schools in our state are currently safe places for children to be at. As a result, our school is encouraging all children, unless they are unwell or have received medical advice to the contrary, to continue to attend school as normal.

 

Note: In regard to providing prepared work for students who stay away from school, the Minister for Education has directed all schools to not provide students, whose parents have chosen to keep them home without seeking medical advice, with prepared work packages and/or curriculum activities, as teachers’ main priority at this time is to look after students attending school and deliver the school’s normal curriculum.

 

However, Dunsborough Primary School has prepared a “Learning from Home Pack” appropriate for all children from years 1 to 6 which parents can have. Parents wanting a copy of this resource should contact their child’s class teacher.

  1. In the environment we currently find ourselves in, protecting the Health and Well-Being of our students and staff is our number one priority. As a result, we are closely monitoring the health of all students and staff who come to school each day.
  • Students who present at school with cold/flu type symptoms or are just unwell will be monitored in the school’s sick bay and their parents will be contacted to take them home. Staff members who present with similar symptoms will be sent home straight away.
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  • The Medical Advice we have received is that parents should keep their child or children at home if they start displaying any cold/flu like symptoms e.g. runny nose, sore throat, regular coughing, fever or are not feeling well.  And only send them back to school when they are fully recovered.
  1. As advised previously, Dunsborough Primary School has implemented a number of health protocols and procedures into our school’s operation to minimize the risk of infection and protect students and staff against COVID-19. (A copy of these protocols can be viewed on our school’s website).
  1. Parents are also advised that changes have been made to the arrangements for SCHOOL PHOTOS being taken at our school during week 9 of this term. Group photos will no longer be taken due to the difficulty in achieving an appropriate social distance between students involved.
  • Individual photos of students however can still be taken. 
  • Further information from our photographer “Capture Photos” on how individual photos can be ordered and arrangements for receiving refunds for orders already made, will be sent home next week.

I will continue to keep all families in our school community fully informed as new information and updates come through.

 

If parents have any questions on any of the points I have covered in this update or would like to discuss any other aspect to do with the way our school is responding to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.

 

 

Kind regards

 

GARRY JONES

Principal
Dunsborough Primary School

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